Recipe Details

Tex-Mex Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

12 ounces ground pork, 96% lean
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons couscous
4 large bell peppers, red, orange, or yellow, or a combination
3/4 cup salsa, plus more for serving (optional)
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 teaspoons chili powder
Salt and black pepper
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, Monterey jack, or Mexican blend cheese (shredded)

Cooking Directions


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat, and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork, stirring occasionally and breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
Also while couscous is softening, remove tops from peppers and scrape out seeds. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine couscous, pork, salsa, corn, and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill peppers with pork mixture. Arrange peppers in a shallow baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese on top and continue baking until peppers are tender and stuffing is heated through, about 5 minutes.
Serve peppers with additional salsa on the side if you like. 
 
Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

Stuffed peppers get a Tex-Mex update.  Serve with a salad and some cornbread.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 280 calories
Protein: 26 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Sodium: 470 milligrams
Cholesterol: 55 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

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Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat. 


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